Our Town Johnsonburg 2016

>> Theresa Cherry: I am Theresa Cherry, Mayor of Johnsonburg Welcome to Our Town >> Welcome to Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, located in the northern tier along the Clarian River Johnsonburg was founded over 200 years ago and is a small town full of friendly people Today the town nurtures a community spirit that spans generations, values the contributions of its veterans, and celebrates the achievements of its youth Join us as local residents show and tell everything that makes their community a great hometown Your friends and neighbors welcome you to, Our Town: Johnsonburg Support for Our Town: Johnsonburg comes from Area Transportation Authority, providing reliable, safe public transit to thousands of riders across six counties, serving senior citizens, commuters, and the disabled, and stimulating business throughout our region A-T-A, rural transportation for Our Town: Johnsonburg and beyond The Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce, working to promote the success of local business and industry, and the economic health and prosperity of Our Town, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania The Winery at Wilcox, makers of a wide and innovative array of fine wines fermented and bottled in the Pennsylvania Wilds Open daily ten till six for tastings and tours Winery at Wilcox dot net Constable Home Furnishings, serving Pennsylvania’s northern tier with fine furnishings and floor coverings Proud to be a part of life in Our Town Johnsonburg since 1940 Paper City Transfer, haulers of stone, mulch, and wood products Proudly serving all of north central Pennsylvania from our home in Johnsonburg, Elk County Penn Highlands Healthcare, expanding state-of-the-art care to residents of Johnsonburg and all of Elk County Serving the region with quality and compassionate care P-H Healthcare dot org And viewers like you, thank you >> Theresa Cherry: I am Theresa Cherry, and I am here to tell you about the Veterans of Johnsonburg Bypass The Bypass was completed in the year 2009 It was to go around Johnsonburg They got a petition up to have it named as the Johnsonburg Veteran, and it passed the council And nobody did anything about it I grew up in Johnsonburg My family was all military from my dad’s family to my mother’s family I had six brothers that served in the different services And I was lucky, they all came home I became Mayor in 2014, and as soon as I became Mayor I went to see Matt Gabler, our representative And he started the bill to pass for the Bypass September, 2015, we had our Veteran’s Day parade It was absolutely wonderful First our day started out with breakfast at the Senior Center The A-T-A provided us buses up to the Grand Street Bridge where we held a dedication We had 14 band members to the US Army come to the parade We had our band They actually played It was the Johnsonburg High School band [ Music ] And it was absolutely beautiful We had speeches there Every time we cross the Veterans of Johnsonburg Bypass or we drive through town and see the Legion Memorial, and the banners of the individual vets on the light poles, we are reminded of all the sacrifices they made to give us the life we have today Matt Gabler was there, and John Parana [phonetic] who originally got the ordinance passed to name the Bypass Which without John we wouldn’t have had our bypass We had a great, great crowd I mean veterans, their wives, we had people from Arizona that came, from Tennessee that used to live in Johnsonburg and served in the service At the end of the day I went up and gave them all a pin They stood in line and come around I pinned them all and gave them a hug and a kiss And at the end there was two guys in line that had came through the first time I said hey you guys, you already got your pins We need another hug from you, Mayor That, it may not matter whatever happened It was beautiful, yeah >> Brock Benson: My name is Brock Benson

I’m the principal of Johnsonburg Area High School And the story I’d like to tell is the 2012-2013 athletic story of Johnsonburg I know it’s something I’ll never forget, and I think the folks from this town will never forget And that’s the year where our boys’ basketball team made it to the state finals And in that spring that same group of athletes made it to the state finals in boys’ baseball and brought home the gold medal I know nobody was more excited about the basketball run than Coach Bill Shuey And the baseball run likewise, Coach Jeff Peterson Both of those gentlemen just, I think it’s something they’ll never forget as well And they have really incredible stories and memories as well >> At the start of the season we knew that we had some talented players And more importantly we had a team that was very close knit and really enjoyed each other And you could see that they were very unselfish with the basketball, and that paid dividends for us through the season When you make it to the state playoffs you obviously have to have some luck, but these boys had tremendous heart and tremendous competitiveness And it was close It was close all the way through But the support that we had not only by the school or the town, it was from the whole district >> And that same group of kids, the day after the state title for basketball I ended up with that same nucleus of kids when I was waiting for my baseball Kids came together We had a real good season starting out We had a few flaws here and there, you know, just like any team would do But the kids, you couldn’t ask for a better group of kids to coach They’re all about team They never back down from nothing So when we were losing, we were never losing We were never out of it It wasn’t over until it’s over And during the state title game, it’s a nothing/nothing score for the longest time And we ended up squeezing some runs home, and it just opened the door, and we ended up winning that game And it was just a phenomenal thing for the kids to look up in the stands and see all of the people from the whole area watching them >> That group of kids, they just competed They didn’t give up It didn’t matter if you were winning by 20 or losing by 20, they just were going to battle you Obviously you don’t get a group of kids like that every year, but I think that attitude is something that they get from their folks, their grandparents, the community as a whole And I think that’s something that will serve them well, and everybody well, the rest of their lives >> Christine Bressler: My name is Christine Bressler I’m the Recreation Director at the Johnsonburg Community Center, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about our Community Center The Community Center was built by the New York and Pennsylvania Company, the original owners of the paper mill They built the building for the community of Johnsonburg and the citizens of Johnsonburg It’s been there almost 100 years The building is quite a large building, and it’s very substantially built A lot of the organizations got started at the Community Center The library was started originally at the Community Center We’re open daily Monday through Friday We have after school, the gym is open for basketball We have swimming a couple times a week for the kids Our Girl Scouts and Boy Scout troops meet there We also have an after school program, which is really nice They’re supervised, do homework They get to exercise They do all kinds of stuff And we also have laptops that were supplied by our Women Who Care group for the kids to be able to work on We have gymnastics We have exercise classes We have aerotone classes We have water aerobics And it’s also very social The people enjoy being there, you know, and running into other people and finding out what’s going on Not only is it such a big cool building, it kind of sits right in the middle, you know, of everything But I grew up in there I learned to swim I went to the library I played in the playground And as my kids got older, my kids went to the library My kids played in the playground They learned to swim there And now I have grandchildren that are swimming and playing in the playground It’s just is part of you I would like to see more people take advantage of it I always tell people, if you’re coming for a program that we have, come and try it first See if this is what you want If it’s comfortable and you like it, you’re more apt to come back and say oh wow, yeah, this is good I like this This is nice

I like Johnsonburg You can walk just about anywhere You have wonderful parks We have great little stores We have a wonderful, you know, school system I like the people of Johnsonburg You know your neighbors You know where you are >> Marie C. Biel: My name is Marie C. Biel, and I’m here to talk about the 1942 flood In 1942, there were three days of rain And then on July the 18th they had a cod burst up at Ketner, which is not that far north of us It was a Saturday, and I’m saying good thing it was a Saturday Off to the movies we went, up town to The Palace Theater There was a matinee double feature My mother had to go to town because it was canning season My oldest sister, Julia, 15, was staying at home with my dad when the water started coming So my father grabbed my sister by the hand They just made it across the bridge in time, and the flood water came up rising, rising all the time We were in the theater, and the whistles were blowing Then we heard everybody in the back yelling, flood, flood I don’t know about the other kids, but we followed my sister out and just took off and headed for home We couldn’t get home the way we had gotten to the theater We had to walk up the avenues and then walk down First Avenue, and then the bridge was there to cross over [inaudible] Unbelievable There was, half the town had to be there Everybody is watching the water, unbelievable It was like an ocean Houses were floating down, everything was floating down out of people’s houses It went through [Inaudible] Island, and then it went on down to the paper mill Took the bridge down, so there was no way in and out of town All of a sudden the whistle I think went off again Here down at the paper mill they were afraid that the chlorine gas tanks were going to break So everybody had to head to higher ground because chlorine stays close to the ground It was really bad I think I read that there were like 34 houses that were destroyed and a lot of people were stranded We were fortunate because my grandparents lived across the river, which is on higher ground So we were able to go up there after the flood But there were a lot of people down at the island that was stranded And they didn’t get rescued, some way later at night My uncle came from Sheffield and took three of us kids up to Sheffield until my dad was able to find a home And thank goodness for the Red Cross because all you had was the clothes on your back So they gave us clothes up at Sheffield when we were up there At our [inaudible] store in Johnsonburg on the north end of Johnsonburg, they have a page of the Johnsonburg flood, ’42 flood It’s in a frame If anybody comes through town they should sneak a little trip up there and read it You know, there’s an awful lot of history in this town, and I’d love to pass all this stuff on >> Dennis Crotzer: I’m Dennis Crotzer I’m the Superintendent of the Johnsonburg Area School District I’m here today to talk about our school and its importance to our community We have two schools We have our elementary school, which is a K through 6 building Then we have our high school which is a 7th through 12 building And also we house our pre-K program at our high school Our pre-K program we’re very excited about that Gave our students four years old an opportunity to come to preschool within our district Got our high school level I’m very proud of our music and our art programs We send kids to competitions through our art programs Our go ag program, they have a sawmill out there They raise fish They have the greenhouse They, just a lot of opportunities that those students have, and we’re very proud of that within the district Kids are fantastic to be around We have currently about 600 students in our pre-K through 12th grade They go out into the communities, do things Academically they do well In the athletic arenas they do well They do well in the fine arts With us being small, we get to know them and help them in any way we can to certainly achieve within our school, but then to know that they have a bright future as adults I think a school, in the school district, it’s the hub

of what we do in the community We also open our doors up to our community members every night Monday through Friday that they can come to the elementary school at night and walk for exercise And I know the comments come back to me a great deal from our community members that they love to walk in the school, but more importantly, they love to see the artwork of the students when they’re going around I believe if you characterize our school district you would say that we put our students first And that’s because of the hard work of our teachers, our support staff people, and my fellow administrators So I could not ask for a better group of people to help with our students There’s a great partnership that I believe that we have going, and I’m very proud of that I grew up in Johnsonburg I was away for years and then came back So what it’s meant to me is what a community really is That people work hard together They want to see the best for everyone You know everybody, and even the worst day you could have, there’s people that you can lean on When you talk about community, that’s what Johnsonburg is, is a community >> Ron King: I’m Ron King, and I’m here to talk about the Johnsonburg Bicentennial We worked on the Bicentennial for actually two years before it could get organized to do this in 2010 We started it on a Friday evening with an opening ceremony I’d like to welcome you to one of our greatest historic events in the history of Johnsonburg A lot of vendors, a lot of concession stands Massive crowd of people attended We had fireworks Started again on Saturday We had a founders’ ceremony down at the Paper Mill Pavilion down in the Clarion River where the first home was built in Johnsonburg They continued on with different activities, car shows throughout the day, craft shows in the morning and in the afternoon And then we started our parade at 3:00 The parade proceeded from the Community Building, all the way up to the Fire Hall It lasted almost three hours in time, so it was a pretty long span for as hot a day as it was But it was one of those things that we have not seen in town for a long time, so everybody thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated that We combined our Bicentennial with the Fire Department’s 100th anniversary So that’s why the Fire Department was such a vital part in getting this organized because they had the manpower, they had all the contacts for firemen, and everybody for the parade and so on So we worked together really well and got this thing rolling and done And it was a remarkable weekend And the weather was absolutely beautiful So everybody couldn’t have asked for anything more for a 200th birthday party There was a lot of family reunions held that weekend A lot of out of town folks came back in that hadn’t been here for a long time just to be here to celebrate such a feat in our history I think the thing they enjoyed the most was just that opportunity to be at the Fire Hall, spend all the time you want over there in that parking lot, just having a good picnic-type time They could sit and relax and talk as long as they wanted, and nobody was in a rush to go anywhere It was important to me because you have to go back and support and be where your roots were Where they started Because that’s what makes you what you are Being born and raised in Johnsonburg, really never leaving except to go to the service Had a lot of opportunities to leave, but I always chose to stay because this is where your roots were And I think it’s important for people to understand that people that we see at these parades and all that, you’ve known forever Those are the people that influenced you, watched over you, made sure when you were a younger kid you weren’t getting into trouble with a bunch of kids that hollered at you or told your parents Those are the things that make individuals what they are And that’s what makes families what they are And makes a strong community We have a really strong supportive community here And that’s because of that type of an upbringing I believe >> Cindy Carnessali: I’m Cindy Carnessali, and I was going to talk about the mural that was painted downtown on the VFW building The Johnsonburg community trust had the initial idea that they wanted to do a mural downtown on some of the buildings And my daughter-in-law is on Farrell Council, and she came to our family and said, you know, this is in the making, and it just seems to fit so well with what your family has always talked about with the veterans They changed some of the faces in the actual mural to be World War II veterans from Johnsonburg, and one was my father, George Cherry We had so many wonderful stories, stories that we’d heard our whole life He was actually on Tinian Island in the Pacific And that is where the atomic bomb took off from And my father was a propeller specialist, so he worked

on the propellers of those planes, the B29s And he actually inspected the Enola Gay before it took off He often talked about when the Enola Gay was on the island it was very secure and only certain people were even allowed near it So the soldiers knew something was going on, but it was top secret Until it was over, they didn’t really know My mother also is pictured in the mural, Mary Cherry She was on Neville Island in Pittsburgh, and she was a welder at the Dravo Shipyard She welded landing barges that would come off of the big ships and take the soldiers to the shore in the shallow water She was really proud of that When they were painting the mural we’d often stop down to see how it was coming, and people would stop on the street and come over and tell us how much they liked it Because Johnsonburg has a lot of veterans So it wasn’t just for our family, it was really for all the veterans in Johnsonburg My dad often talked about, he said even being on Tinian Island, you think you’re pretty remote But he said he would run into people from Johnsonburg His two older brothers were also in the service His brother, Joe, was in Africa, and my Uncle Luke, my dad’s brother, was stationed in Italy So that was our connection with all of the things that are pictured in that mural with veterans And it just seemed appropriate for our family to want to be a part of that >> Melinda Lewis: My name is Melinda Lewis And I am the librarian at the Johnsonburg Public Library I’ll be talking about the library today I think our library is very important to our town We’ve been there for 79 years now, so we’re an institution We have always felt that we’re more than just books We progress as the times do We have a summer reading program We bring in about 50 to 60 kids We try to partner with the community building so that they can take part in their day camp and still be a part of our summer reading program We bring in special performers The kids read We offer prizes like anything from tickets to a hockey game in Erie to the Pittsburgh Zoo, the Erie Zoo, and of course books It’s crazy We love it We love having the kids there We like seeing them get excited They do crafts They do games They keep coming back I love working at the library It’s part of who I am And we love our patrons Our patrons are a very important part of who we are They’re just great There’s no other way to say that They come in, and they want to spend time And that’s because of the personal service that we provide them And we’ve always felt that behind every great community is a great library >> Kathy King: I’m Kathy King, and I’m a member of the Johnsonburg First Baptist Church on the corner of First Avenue and Spruce Street And I started going there approximately in 1977 when my husband and I moved to Johnsonburg The people in the church just took us in as a real family And when I started going there I became a part of that church family Johnsonburg Baptist Church is a small church, and it’s experienced a lot of changes through the years We do a lot of different things Presently we have a junior church program that we have during our Sunday morning worship service We have Vacation Bible School in the summer We have a food pantry that people in our church donate to and people outside of our church, as well as different churches, have donated food to our church food pantry And we help to try to meet the needs of families in our community with food and other things We’ve partnered together through the years on a lot of different things, and one is the Operation Christmas child shoeboxes We have partnered with all the churches in our community to have Christmas boxes made for children, used shoeboxes and fill them with gifts And they are sent to Samaritan’s Purse, which is Franklin Graham’s organization And it’s really a worthwhile project We rely on people in the community and other organizations to let us know when there’s someone in our community that has a need

I think our main concern is just helping to reach out to people in the community, to be able to serve them And even though there’s just a small group of us, we have a heart’s desire to help meet the needs of people in our community Whether it be a physical need, a spiritual need There’s just tremendous needs in our community And we’re here to help however we can >> Neal Constable: My name is Neal Constable, and I’m the President of the Johnsonburg Fire Department And that’s who I’m here to represent The Johnsonburg Fire Department was formed back in the 1890s We’ve consolidated to three departments into one building The building today has a large, large social room, which is 100 by 100 and will house 600 people And that’s what we use for our community events The community events go all the way from carnivals to dinners to fundraisers with craft shows Now all of that is truly directed to keeping our trucks on the road We have a Pierce Pumper, and that is our attack pumper That’s a Class A foam pumper And that engine is capable of using 2/3 less water at the fires and emergencies that we’re involved with So in the rural districts, it is a great asset to not only to our town and community but the other communities surrounding us As a 40-year veteran of the department, working with these people who are some of the most gracious and giving people in the world is really the reward in itself You know when the whistle blows, you’re going to go There’s an emergency That’s what you’ve trained for And there’s no better feeling in the world than helping your community out And I would appreciate any new young volunteers that come along and start to enjoy the comradery and the training >> Ginger Schreiber: I’m Ginger Schreiber, and I’m the drama advisor at the high school for the drama club/director for the past 20 years [ Singing ] Every year we do a show at the Johnsonburg High School, a musical I started in 1997 was my very first show We did Oz [ Inaudible Speaking ] And this year we’re doing Mary Poppins It’s the most complex that Johnsonburg High School has ever done We have 17 students We pull from the 7th through the 12th grade Anybody that would like to be in drama is allowed to be in it They’re the cast, the prop movers, the extras, anything that we need for them to do Some of our props are even done by our students And this year we’re blessed enough to have one of our seniors, actually taught four kids how to tap dance this season Johnsonburg High School is like a family Most of the kids that are in drama are also in other things, so they wear many hats at our school because it’s a small school They come together every day They’re brothers and sisters per se in either drama or sports or band >> Super califragilisticexpialidocious >> That part of being a Johnsonburgian is wonderful because you get to know everyone in your class, and you stay close You know your classmate You know your lower classmate You know the 7th graders It’s so amazing to get a 7th grader that is a scared, shy little person, and you give them just a little part their 7th grade year to get their feet wet And then to watch them slowly blossom and grow to be the lead their senior year It is amazing to see that They get so much confidence They get so much power within themselves to conquer the world And to hear the audience opening night when the curtain opens and the first applause happens It is so amazing Not only to me as a director but to the kids They like light up like lights on a Christmas tree It is so neat to see >> Alice Launer: My name is Alice Launer I’m originally from Kane but married into the Launer family 62 years ago

Klondike Road, part of Johnsonburg was at one time at least 2/3 of Launers and their descendants Jacob Launer over in Bern, Switzerland He was a mountaineer He was killed His wife and five of the six children ended up just south of Ridgeway, Pennsylvania She got a job as camp cook for a logging camp And she raised her children there Later on, many of them moved to the area that is now known as Klondike Road I also have a picture of the homestead that the one son had built And when 219 was an old road, there was a gas station in front of that homestead That man that’s sitting was my father-in-law, and if he was living today he would be about 120 years old My husband and I married He was leaving for Korea I was a senior in high school Saturday we had a church wedding Monday he left for Korea, and I didn’t see him again for a year and a half When I finished graduating from school I moved to Klondike, and I moved in with his father and kept house and got a job at Stackpole That great-grandmother who came from Switzerland with her children, raised them by herself, I can’t imagine the, what kind of woman she must have been, the strength and the love to do this I want to share that, not only the photographs with the rest of the family, but with the world And there’s so many from other nationalities who came to Johnsonburg like that, similar, and raised their family And now we’re all one town >> Mike Imbrogno: I’m Mike Imbrogno, I’m the Chief Executive Officer of A-T-A And I’m here to talk about Area Transportation Authority and our relation in the Johnsonburg community We actually started the company in 1976, and we operate in 156 municipalities throughout north central Pennsylvania Our business is providing transportation to people, serving people and serving the communities Johnsonburg has the unique distinction of being our corporate headquarters We moved here in 1978 The borough manager at the time and the Mayor of Johnsonburg worked with the board and come up with a super deal for us to move in And I was always amazed that as we grew and hired staff, the staff would always comment on how engaging and energetic and just friendly the people of Johnsonburg were Johnsonburg is strategically located within the six counties we serve And we built a new facility right on the southern edge of the community on Route 219 We’re very proud of that And quite frankly, we think it’s a great front door to the borough Johnsonburg We really do believe we’re part of the community, and we think it’s our responsibility to be a good, not only a good neighbor but a good member of the community I am from Johnsonburg originally I had a large family You know, I thought I had certain obligations One of the things I realized was a lot of the people in my generation were moving out of the community And it left a lot of their parents without, you know, extended family support It’s a worry on the sons and daughters that have left the area One of the things that we do is we are here to help provide necessary transportation for a lot of elder people, a lot of the people that are disabled That’s something that’s very personally rewarding to me And I know it’s very personally rewarding to the staff We provided a trip for an individual one day, and I got a letter, and it was an individual that booked a trip for the sole purpose of looking at Christmas lights And at the end of the letter said it was the first time in 17 years that he had left his home You know, how do you place a value on that?

My opinion is, what more can you say? I mean it’s the, it’s what we’re all about, serving people >> Joyce DeVallance: My name is Joyce DeVallance, and I’d like to tell you a little story about the Sugarcane Flower Shop We got started in 2011 My son, who lived in Washington D.C., decided to start a business He wanted to bring a little bit of the city to Johnsonburg, which he did Unfortunately, he passed away The shop was left to me I had the opportunity to sell the shop or to keep it, and I decided to keep his legacy going So here we are five years later We’re still in business, and we’re going strong I have a good staff, and I have other girls that I can call in as needed We have a very, very, very busy wedding season It’s nothing for us to do two and three weddings in a weekend So we’re pretty proud of that When someone gets a floral bouquet for an anniversary, a get well, a birthday, they’re happy That makes us happy That makes us feel like we’ve done something right This is the type of work either you can do it or you can’t do it I never thought I could do it, but here I am Not too long ago we had a request for a funeral spray for a gentleman who had passed away, but the funeral director told me he did not like flowers He was a totally outdoorsman So he said just do what you can do So we cut down greens from the woods We made a spray out of nothing but greens, pine cones, turkey feathers We use camouflage ribbon It turned out beautiful, and the family was very happy with it I have lived in Johnsonburg my whole life I was born and raised in Johnsonburg It’s home Johnsonburg is the type of community when something bad happens to someone, the whole community kicks in and they really help out They’re very, it’s a very close town And it’s nice, in my business someone will call me from out of town and they’ll say, I’d like to send flowers to whomever I don’t know what to send, and I’ll say well I do because I know what they like The Johnsonburg people support us, and we want to do whatever we can do to keep them happy Without them, there would be no Sugarcane >> Jack Fowler: My name is Jack Fowler, and I wanted to do a brief review of the cemeteries that we have in town There’s a lot of history in our cemeteries And a little known fact is that in World War II Johnsonburg had the highest percentage per capita of men in the war And a lot of them are now in our cemeteries There are four cemeteries One is up on the hill overlooking town It’s called Laurel Hill Cemetery It started out basically as a cemetery for veterans In Laurel Hill Cemetery the earliest is the Civil War And there’s also Spanish-American War graves, World War I, World War II and Korea There may be older ones, but the stones on a lot of the older ones are so far gone that you can’t get a name or a date off of them The other cemeteries are the Saint John’s Lutheran Cemetery, the United Methodist Cemetery, and the Holy Rosary Cemetery And these three are grouped together into one plot of ground with a road dividing the cemeteries In the Laurel Hill Cemetery, they had a cannon there and a pile of cannonballs And in 1922, there was a group of young men up there playing And they thought it would be fun to roll a cannonball down the hill The cannonball went down over the hill, gained a lot of momentum, actually went through the front of a house, through the living room into the dining room and finally landed in the kitchen doing considerable damage to the house The cannonballs and the cannon are no longer there During the scrap drives of World War II the people in charge of the cemetery at the time decided to donate the cannon and the cannonballs to the metal drive to support the war effort I’m not a history buff It’s the people that are in the cemeteries that drive the interest

Many of the people that are there were very good friends It’s just reliving some friendships is the best way to say it I’m not from Johnsonburg I was raised in Wilcox And I’ve been in Johnsonburg since 1975, ’76, somewhere in there Become a, I guess a rather involved member of the community It is very much home >> Amy Oler: My name is Amy Oler I am the Johnsonburg Service Unit Director for Girl Scouts for western Pennsylvania Girl Scouts started in Johnsonburg in 1915, three years after it started nationally, you know, with Juliette Gordon Low We’ve always had a very strong Girl Scouts preface in Johnsonburg It’s always been Boy Scouts too and Cub Scouts All the scouting events We have 68 registered girls and 14 adults and five different troops We have a lot of girls working on the gold and silver award and doing activities around the town We’re very involved in town We’re in the parades We try to help out when we’re invited to stuff We go all summer We go camping We do trips We do day camps The majority of them when they start in kindergarten and usually stay the whole way through We have a good retention rate of Girl Scouts in our area My troop about four years ago they did a challenge and change grant And then down on Center Street up by the Y the borough that has some land, and we built a garden up on the hill with perennials We have a bench and bird bath, and it’s in honor of the Girl Scouts who came before us in Johnsonburg The last few years we have been doing floats and costumes in the Santa parade The first Sunday before Thanksgiving is downtown light up night Santa parade, and we all participate And the girls absolutely love it They usually walk them down Mark Street singing songs and throwing out candy I was a Girl Scout in Johnsonburg, I was a Brownie and Junior I’ve been a leader for the last 15 years, and then for the last 8 years I’ve been the service unit I’m in charge of all the troops setting up leaders, setting up the troops, registering Being a leader has been a wonderful experience for me myself You get to do a lot of fun things with the girls, watch them grow and change Take them on trips Be a part of the community And meet different people Girl Scouting is all over the world It makes you feel you’re a part of something that’s all over the world >> Charlie Constable: Hi, I’m Charlie Constable, and I have been asked to talk about the history of the Cherry Square Mall Cherry Square Mall was the idea of the four landowners on which the mall exists on today There was a building owned by Mike and Chris Imbrogno which was a family food and deli And then Constable Stores, we housed two floors of furniture on that side There was a barroom called Chongos And previously to that was the Cavalier Bar And that could be a complete story of Johnsonburg on itself, but we won’t go there today And then an old service station was there, which was owned by Dick Cherry, Sr. My brothers and I Constable’s Furniture, we purchased the couple buildings to the north of our store and moved our furniture store all over to the same side of the street by constructing a 7500 square building there We got together with Mike and [Inaudible], my brothers, Marty Schuler and Dick Cherry And the idea came a mall for the town It was about the town This would be great for the downtown of Johnsonburg A new building, something people could be proud of A lot of names were tossed around, and Dick Cherry being the eldest of us at the time, he was a very, very civic minded person He did a lot for Johnsonburg over the years And one of the partners came up with the idea, hey, you know what, let’s name it after you Dick And that’s how it became the Cherry Square Mall We erected a 10,000 square foot building That building was started on April of 1990 and finished construction in the fall of that year We’ve housed everything from doctor’s offices to tattoo parlors over the courses of the years We felt it’s been a great thing for Johnsonburg It’s been something that really brightened the downtown a little bit And it’s help try and entice some other businesses in And we hope for many, many years to come that it’ll continue to be a landmark for Johnsonburg We’re all Johnsonburg people We’ve all been raised and born in Johnsonburg We have a love for this town and the people I think they were as proud of the building as we ourselves for building it

That’s one of the things with this town is the comradery that there is It’s almost like family You stick together You may squabble, but you stick together when times are tough And I think the building means a lot to all of us >> Carmen Cannella: My name is Carmen Cannella, and I want to talk about the Diamond Casting Company in Johnsonburg which was built in 1935 I started my working career at the age of 15 in the foundry in this plant I worked in every department of it This was the time of the iron age This foundry supported the people in Johnsonburg It supported LA Company in Ridgeway, which in turn Ridgeway was instrumental in building submarines for the government It supported Russell Snowplow Company in Ridgeway and many other industries I was 38 years old when I bought the Diamond Casting Company At that time it was abandoned I worked in the mill at the time, and every time I walked past the foundry I said to myself, what could be done with it I tore down seven buildings, and I kept the machine shop And I kept the office The office I turned into a home and raised myself a family there Remodeling an old house wasn’t easy I made it so beautiful, at times when I put the sign up for sale, my beloved wife went up there and would take the sign down She didn’t want to move There’s a lot of mistakes in my life, but this is not a mistake, this is a challenge that I did all my life I’m 88 years old When I was growing up, the older people, they would show a person how to live I could go on, you know, how beautiful it was, you know I was very fortunate, living on the street with the culture Polish, of Italians, Irish, Slovak or what have you And it was so beautiful, each one helped each other When a person was in distress, the neighbors were there to help you out Being in the service and coming home, they welcomed you with open arms It’s a good place to live and raise a family The town is a town of love >> Gloria Molella: Hi, I’m Gloria Molella, and my story is about Saint John Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg It’s been there since 1888 The church, when it first started, met in a home to begin with It was served by pastors from Ridgeway for the first 12 years They at that point, decided they needed to build a parsonage in a church building And they did that, which is on the corner of now what was called Church Street and Mill Street in the west end of Johnsonburg In its early years there were two services One was in German, and one was in English And they were both were very well attended We had a very active Sunday school, and we still do We had one of the most active Sunday schools in the town, and our children are involved in a lot of different things We have a very active congregation, which is really nice We do a lot of fellowship kind of dinners During lent we do fish fries Shrove Tuesday we do a pancake supper Our Sunday school does that We do other fellowship things We do craft sales and bake sales and those kind of things It’s something that we really enjoy doing because we have a nice group of people that work together well and do those fun things And then we also reach out to the community where we get a lot of not only Lutherans but outside people as well I think I most enjoy the people We have a lot of intergenerational things that We have people that are anywhere from in their 80s down to infants And it’s nice to be able to watch the children grow up through the years and become adults and go off on their own, especially when we see them come back and actually stay here in Johnsonburg, where Johnsonburg I think is a wonderful place to live I lived here practically my whole life My husband’s lived here his whole life We like Johnsonburg I love my church My church is a big part of my life And it’s a big part of a lot of people in our town’s lives Just three years ago we had our 125th anniversary, which we were very proud of And we had quite a good turnout from people even from out of town and the same past pastors And now we’re in our 128th year, and hopefully going on for many,

many, many, many more >> Rocco Defranco: Hi I’m Rocco Defranco I’m here to talk about Scouting in Johnsonburg >> I pledge allegiance, to the flag >> Rocco Defranco: Scouting has been going on in Johnsonburg for a long time We tried to get a date for when so I could throw out a good number, but we don’t know It’s been a long time It’s going full force right now, both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are running with lots of kids I’m a Cub Scout Leader, soon to be Boy Scout We’ve crossed over, I’m going to say about 15 kids in the last three, four years into Boy Scouts In the last ten years nine of the Scouts have achieved Eagle Scout, which is pretty impressive Cub Scouts start first graders We have a whole lot of things that we do We have an annual spaghetti dinner We have our Pinewood Derby, which we do at the same time Of course, we have like our blue and gold dinner for our awards and whatnot We have a fishing day that we do at Twin Lakes It’s just an incredible time for the kids The kids have a great example in the leaders and their parents and cooperation with each other The clubs around here are fantastic to Scout But then Scouting is very good for the community And it’s never a, will you this for me and I’ll do this for you It’s just everybody doing what’s right because it’s what’s right I think it’s a perfect example of what’s right with this town Scouting models do your best It can really give a kid a great place to succeed What we have going is a good thing, and it’s growing And this is my last year in Cub Scouts My kids are Webelos too I can’t believe their growth in five years Watching them, looking back at old pictures It’s a real good organization >> On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty >> Rocco Defranco: We give back >> Rocco Defranco: We give back >> Pam Allegretto Diiulio: My name is Pam Allegretto Diiulio, and I’m the current President of the Johnsonburg Rotary Club Rotarians focus on both international and local projects The international theme for Rotary is to end polio On a local level, we have 15 Rotarians in our club in Johnsonburg And we are all very active And I’m really impressed to see the dedication of the people that we have in Rotary Our members participate in fundraising projects, programs We focus on education, benefitting local organizations in our town We have in collaboration with Kane Community Hospital, a multi-facet blood analysis that we provide for local county residents People register to go and have their blood tested And there’s many different blood tests that are part of this multi-facet Every year in November, we provide a senior appreciation Thanksgiving dinner at the Fire Hall And we have usually 200 or a little bit more senior citizens that participate with that And it’s free to them And we have so much fun with that We like to recognize students who are doing well at school Our guidance counsellor, Judy Allegretto, who is also a Rotarian, she will bring to us one student a month who is awarded a certificate for student of the month They receive not only that certificate but a monetary gift from Rotary Those are things that we do that really help to inspire the community We don’t care about age We start with the young people here at the school, and we work with the seniors This community is a close-knit group I taught at a university in Kuwait for 14 years And when I came back to Johnsonburg, I realized how important this place was to me The goodness that people have and the spirits that they have, even in a time of personal tragedies how everybody comes together, we are one big family here in Johnsonburg >> Chuck Simpson: My name is Chuck Simpson, and I’m here to talk about Central Hose Social Club Central Hose was established in 1897 as a fire department and was a fire department for many years

that serviced the west end area of the town When Central had their 50th anniversary, would have been approximately 1947, and I guess there was a parade, and they had a float in it that they had a house on fire and then the firemen were chasing after it, putting it out Approximately 10 to 15 years ago all the fire departments in town banded together and are in one big building now Our club became a social club People joined there They come for friendship and talking and to eat We have wing night on Wednesdays And people are always talking about Central’s wing night We have a burger there that’s called Peggy Burger, named after my late aunt who was the manager there for many years And people know about that and really like it There is a deep fried pretzel, yes Filled with jalapeno, cream cheese, and we deep fry it And we sell a lot of those also We support the community We support the library, senior center, the athletic teams in the town at schools When our baseball team were the state champions in 2013, we helped support some of their travel expenses We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback People know that we are very supportive It feels really good I’m glad to be a part of it I graduated here, lived here all my life It’s a nice place to be Everybody’s pretty friendly and willing to help anybody out And it’s a great place I like it >> Jeffrey Elmquist I’m Jeffrey Elmquist, Commander of VFW Post 6301 and also a member of the Serviceman’s Detail in Johnsonburg We are located on Market Street, close to the post office We’ve been there for quite a while now Recently they have just had some very nice murals painted on the building concerning us That’s also where we hold our meetings Second Wednesday of every month right around 5:30, coffee and doughnuts We meet to discuss things to do with the Serviceman’s Detail If a family calls us and their loved one was a veteran, we will come in, our services are fairly short We will go in and we approach casket We salute, stand to the side, and we have two rifle bearers and flagmen We will do a short prayer, and then the flag is taken from the casket and presented to the family member at that time Then we play Taps And that’s pretty much our service Our burial detail is made up of marines, navy, air force, national guard, army, coast guard, running from Vietnam to World War II, Korea, a lot of the conflicts in between And some younger ones from some of the latest conflicts So there is a comradery of the men in uniform I really enjoy the comradery of the men being together If you have experienced the service, no matter what branch of service you were in, you still have it Whether your experiences be years apart, you share that And there is a great sense of pride in this area for the veterans We’ve had very, very many veterans So personally I think it’s very important to have the VFW and the Serviceman’s Detail for people that would like to have it for their family member >> Ken Shaffer: I’m Ken Shaffer, lifelong resident of Johnsonburg And I’m here to talk about what the Chamber of Commerce does I’m a past president of it and been a member for quite a while We take a lot of pride in how the town looks The fall festival is a big fundraiser for us The vendors come in, and they rent tables And they make money, we make money, it’s a win/win situation The Main Street is shut down for the day And we get quite a few people from all around A lot of people come back home for that, people that have sense moved away And that’s pretty neat During that we also put on a car show And the car show is kind of neat because we don’t give out trophies We give out Craftsmen tool sets And people love that When I opened up my business, they come up,

and we had a grand opening And they asked me to come to the meeting I was interested So I joined, and it wasn’t very long I was on the board of directors Yeah. And I’ve been there ever since We have a lot of membership We need more active members I think it’s very important The relationships I’ve made are with other business people in town And because of that, they come to me for business I go to them for business I don’t think my business would be where it’s at today without the Chamber I attribute a lot of my success to them Just being involved >> Anthony Ferragine: My name’s Anthony Ferragine, and I’m here to talk about Holy Rosary Church Our church was first in the Market Street Section of Johnsonburg And it was not Holy Rosary Church as we are today It was Mother of God Church And it had 15 members Everybody came from Europe all at one time We had the population of Johnsonburg really boomed So we needed a bigger church And they purchased the property in 1904, and I think the church was completed in 1905 The church is Romanesque, and that means it’s in the shape of a cross And it has undergone many renovations The major renovation came into effect after Vatican II when we took off the altars and we did a lot of work with marble It’s a very active part of our community If you’re a good member of church, it’s a vibrant part of your life because it’s almost all your activities end up in church It’s from the cradle to the grave, you know I was baptized here And when they built a church in school, my father helped build those projects And so of course my parents were very much involved in church also And I’d have to say here that Holy Rosary School was also very important in my life because we graduated from there, of course A lot of our members, older people, have attended Holy Rosary Church and School I want to say that most everybody that attends church is active and has been active in all the different committees And when we have a function, most people donate their time and efforts to make that work I love Johnsonburg It’s a very quiet, unassuming community I know everybody practically Spent all my life here Reared my family and three children And I’m really embedded in Johnsonburg There’s always a saying, you know, once you get your feet in the Clarion, you’ll always want to come back there I love the people, and they’ve been really wonderful to me All my life >> Megan Schreiber-Carter: I’m Megan Schreiber-Carter I grew up in Johnsonburg, and I’d like to tell you some stories today about some of the spirited members of this town When my sisters and I were growing up on High Street in Johnsonburg, one neighbor of ours one house down was Mr. Smith John M. Smith the II was an older man and retired when we knew him But he had been the owner of the Smith Lumber Company in town He used to sit on his porch on nice days He, as a result of having had diabetes and poor circulation from that, had had one leg removed And when he sat out on the porch if we were running by, he would invite us up on his porch by saying, hey, you want to come up and knock on my wooden leg? And so we never turned that down He would smile, and we would smile And he would laugh And I think we had about as much fun with that leg as you can have He was a kind man, always smiling And I remember him fondly And our families have been friends now for four generations Right next door to us lived Larue Knapp Mr. Knapp looked like a skinny Colonel Sanders He walked with a cane He was a one-time Mayor of Johnsonburg He was a darling man, full of life and spirit He wanted us to call him Grandpa Knapp

Grandpa Knapp used to carry his purchases from the State Store home in a violin case And I don’t know how, you know, kids know somehow, I knew what was in that violin case And one day when he was walking home with it, I said Grandpa Knapp, why do you carry those bottles in that violin case? And he said, well Megan, because I have to pass two churches on the way home Grandpa Knapp had a great wit Our family had dachshunds, which some people call wiener dogs And so I presume that it was Grandpa Knapp who put this card in my parents’ mailbox This would have been in the 1950s It’s kind of a cool little card And it’s a holiday card, right, and it’s a Dachshund And it’s got a spring for a tail which has lasted 50 or 60 years On the back it says, we’re having a moose milk party Saturday night, December 26th Hope you can drop in to see Sally, Mary Lou and John Those were Grandpa Knapp’s daughters and his son-in-law So we thought well what’s moose milk? We looked it up And apparently moose milk is ice cream, three kinds of liquor, and nutmeg And I feel sure that my parents went to this party and had a great time I think people say that all small towns are the same But they’re not Grandpa Knapp was unique And Mr. Smith was unique And they are just two of the people in this unique town I grew up here I don’t live here all the time now Life and work take me away But I think I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that sometimes you have to have distance before you can see something clearly And I see what is so great about this town better now I almost always have a good time when I come here But I always learn something when I come I learn something about myself or my ancestors or the town or my friends here And I find that people will talk to me about my parents or my aunts and my uncles or my grandparents, and it makes them seem like they’re not so far gone Like they still live because people are still talking to me about them And I’m still learning about them So thanks for doing this [ Music ] >> And that’s Our Town: Johnsonburg A look at the Elk County community through the eyes of its residents Support for Our Town: Johnsonburg comes from Area Transportation Authority, providing reliable, safe public transit to thousands of riders across six counties, serving senior citizens, commuters, and the disabled, and stimulating business throughout our region A-T-A, rural transportation for Our Town: Johnsonburg and beyond And viewers like you, thank you [ Music ]